Internal Funding Opportunities

ACHRI encourages its members to obtain external grant funding to establish and maintain their research programs. The Institute offers various complementary funding opportunities to its members:

The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (ACHF) holds endowed funds established through the donor community, which are invested in awards to support child health research. ACHRI manages these awards through a rigorous, competitive peer-review process.

  1. Healthy Outcomes Collaborative Research Initiative Grants

    The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) recognizes the tremendous health
    research capacity of our members that is founded in the ingenuity and dedication of individual
    researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs. Building on this foundation of great ideas, the ACHRI
    Healthy Outcome (HO) theme is offering a Collaborative Research Initiative Grant (CRIG) to
    provide seed money to support collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research projects
    that represent the first steps toward pursuit of more comprehensive and competitive funding.
    Funding provided by HO CRIG is intended to foster creativity, novelty and innovation in
    research that has potential to benefit the health of children and families and strengthen future
    funding applications.

    • Up to $25,000 is available per research project. Amount of funding is dependent on the scope of
      activity; alignment with the HO theme’s mandate, funding received from other sources, number
      of applications received, and anticipated impact of proposed activity. Funding is non-renewable.
  2. The André Tertzakian Research & Education Award in Paediatric Nephrology

    The Award is made possible by donations made on behalf of Peter Tertzakian and in honour of his son André. The Award will recognize, promote and support paediatric nephrology at the Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH). The Award will support activities that are of clinical significance, have scientific merit and the potential for meaningful study or educational results.
    The Award will be used to support clinical research or education that will significantly advance:

    • Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement initiatives within Paediatric Nephrology at ACH;
    • Methods to promote disease prevention;
    • Diagnostic or therapeutic interventions for the effective treatment of kidney disease; and
    • New and/or improved methods of service delivery.
    • André Tertzakian Competition Guidelines

    The Award will be one payment of $147,000 eligible for up to three years.

  3. Dawson Jarock Research Program in Paediatric Nephrology and Rheumatology

    The Dawson Jarock Award is to be used to support clinical research in the areas of paediatric nephrology and rheumatology with a specific focus on Wegener's Granulomatosis or other vasculitic and /or autoimmune disorders.

    The Award of up to $71,000 will be given out for a three-year period in annual installments.

    Dawson Jarock Competition Guidelines

  4. Upcoming competitions

    ACHF Research Excellence Award -  Next competition late fall 2019

    BMO Endowed Research Award in Healthy Living - Next competition late fall 2019

    Shaikh Family Research Award - Next competition January 2020

    Allied Health Research Award - Next competition January 2020

Granting agencies frequently offer highly competitive and prestigious grant awards that, if awarded, require matching funds from the applicant's institution. To support and encourage its members to apply for these awards, ACHRI offers competitive access to matching funds. 

Granting agencies and organizations frequently run research funding competitions requiring matching funds. These are generally highly competitive awards, which help enhance our research capacity and academic reputation. To support and encourage our members to compete for these awards, ACHRI is committed to providing matching funds within its capacity. 

  1. Eligibility

    • All ACHRI members applying for external grant funding which requires a matching commitment.
    • Proposed grant supports research relevant to child and maternal health.
    • Members who have uncommitted startup funds available, must use those funds for matching
    • Matching will only be considered for investments that will benefit our research community. In case of multi-centre proposals, ACHRI will only consider proportionate matching shared with other participating centres.
  2. Application Process:

    • Matching fund applications must be submitted to ACHRI Research Support Specialist ( at least a month prior to the application deadline.
    • Following review, evaluation and prioritization by ACHRI leadership, the Director will issue a letter of commitment to successful applicants, contingent on the available budget.
  3. Application package must include:

    • Completed Application Form
    • One-page summary of planned research project - this can be the “Objectives” or “Specific Aims” page from the grant application
    • CV of applicant(s)

ACHRI offers competitive access to bridge funding of highly ranked, but unfunded external grant applications to help sustain its members' research programs until the next external granting competition.

Following the announcement of results of major Tri-Council grant competitions, ACHRI offers bridge funding to its members whose applications are highly ranked, but unfunded.  The intent of bridge funds is to sustain the research programs of our members until the next external granting competition. Priority will be given to first attempt of a renewal, followed by new applications.

  1. Eligibility:

    • All ACHRI members
    • An application can only receive ACHRI bridge funding once, regardless of the number of times the application is submitted for funding
    • Will only be considered if the application reached the final stage of the competition, if applicable
    • Individuals who hold endowed chairs or professorships valued at more than $100,000/year in operating funds are not eligible to apply
    • Individuals who hold remaining startup funds are not eligible to apply
  2. Application Process:

    • The Notice of Decision
    • Reviewer and Scientific Officer notes (these will be kept confidential)
    • Completed ACHRI Bridge Funding Application Form